Using deodorant without aluminum is possibly one of the most important changes you can make to care for your body. You can see by this image just how closely related the lymph drainage system is is to the breast area and although some scientific papers suggest there is no risk, there is an enormous amount of evidence that suggests other.
My theory is that if there is any doubt you are wisest to err on the side of caution.
We may think that we are so medically and scientifically advanced in this day and age, but give it another 50 years and they’ll be laughing at some of the things we believe now.
Technically speaking, although most people use the names “deodorant” and “antiperspirant” as interchangeable, they really aren’t.
This one blocks the pores and therefore stops all sweating in its tracks. Now, because sweating is a necessary way that the body uses to remove toxins from our body, it doesn’t make any sense to stop it.
Where will all the toxins go if we do? In the breast?
As you can see that the lymph drainage system from under the arm leads pretty much directly to the breast, you’d think it would be a cool idea to let the toxins out before they congregate down there, wouldn’t you think?
Kills the smell caused by bacteria under the arm, but doesn’t block the sweating. This is a much better system for the lymph system although many of us don’t really like getting wet, do we?
So what to do?
Aluminum Free Deodorant Ingredients by Sisel “Everfresh”
Sisel International have made a deodorant which is free from all harmful ingredients. I’ve decided to do a little research on each of them to see what it’s really made of:
- Aqua (Water)
- Butylene Glycol (Not the same as its toxic cousins such as Propylene glycol. Humectant & conditioning agent helps other ingredients dissolve in water. Safe)
- Ethylhexylglycerin PCA (Preservaative derived from grains and plants. Together with Phenoxtethanol protects against bacteria, yeasts and mould fungi.
- Phenoxyethanol (Preservative derived from grapefruit seed. Sisel use it at less than 1% to kill bacteria. Much safer alternative to formaldehyde and parabens)
- Humulus Lupus Extract (Hops)
- Camelia Oleifera Leaf Extract (Chinese Camelia Tree)
- Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract (Lemon Balm)
- Tilia Cordata Extract (Tree native to Europe)
- Calendula Officinelis Flower Extract (Calendula or English Marigold)
- Gentiana Lutea Root Extract (Native to Central and South Europe)
- Coriandrum Sativum Extract (Coriander)
- Hamamelis Virginiana Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract (Witch Hazel)
- Citric Acid
It’s really important that you understand that all living things is made up of chemicals. In actual fact, you cannot possibly escape them. Even our own body is a chemical formulation! The subject we are discussing here is not “chemicals” but “toxic chemicals”. Most chemicals are totally fine and make up wonderful fruits and vegetables such as a crunchy, crisp, juicy apple. Yes, even that is made of chemicals.
One of the problems is that everything has such a large and almost unpronounceable name and to us “mere mortals” it appears that something is full to the hilt with chemicals, when in most cases it falls under the heading of “natural”.
You can see from the above list that virtually everything there is from leaves and flowers. Why they were chosen, only Tom Mower knows! All I can say is that each one plays an important part towards making up the deodorant formula or it wouldn’t be there.
No Aluminum Used
As you can see there is no aluminum which is the ingredient used to block the pores. I am doing everything in my power to side-step aluminum in all the places it hides. Do you know they add aluminum for baking power and to table salt? Why do they do that? It manages to keep the salt crystals and the baking power separate and therefore pourable. The strange thing is that this is the way we like it! We don’t like things clumping together, do we? But at what risk?
There is a whole list of products which include aluminum, including soda cans etc. Wherever possible, I will not use them.
My mother had dementia and because there’s a lot of evidence linking aluminum to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, I will do everything within my power to avoid it. I know, I know… some say that it’s not been proven! Well, once again, I choose to err on the side of caution.
Shaving under my arms and slapping on antiperspirants containing aluminum seems to me to be an open invitation.
Oh, and BTW… don’t be fooled with Alum! A popular crystal deodorant made of potassium alum (full chemcial name: potassium aluminum sulfate) is often thought of as safe. The reason people think the use of Alum is safe is because health shops often sell deodorants or antiperspirants containing it as a safer alternative… but Dr Mercola puts it all in the same aluminum bag. I would not use it.
From my research, I’ve found that 60% of anything put on your skin is absorbed into your body. I’ve further found that 100% of anything applied under your arms is absorbed into your body.
In the same way as you wouldn’t go anywhere near a wild animal, you shouldn’t put your life at risk with aluminum. It’s not worth it.
DIY Home Deodorant
Prior to my buying the Sisel products I was making my own DIY home deodorant. I’ve found that a mixture of coconut oil and bi-carb soda work’s ok. Sometimes I added a little Shea Butter. Normally I’d add a little olive oil so that it didn’t set quite so hard in the winter.
Not everyone wants to fiddle around making their own and just want to pick it up in the store or buy online. In that case, from what I’ve seen, you couldn’t go wrong with Sisel.
Let Jackie Christiansen explain on a Product Call
Listen as she explains the potential dangers of using deodorants or antiperspirants containing a list of potentially harmful ingredients:
In some cases it might be necessary to use it more than once a day. It doesn’t claim to be “24 hour dry” as many of them do, but considering we are thinking more about our health and less about being dry for 24 hours, I think it’s a small price to pay to add a dab more often.
Do you want to be able to use this safe deodorant?… You can check out their entire incredible range here.
Using antiperspirant and deodorant without aluminum seems to be the only safe alternative. What are your experiences? Remember staying dry and/or smell free all day long is not a gauge for whether a deodorant is safe or not… only the ingredients themselves tell the story. What do you think? I’d love to hear from you.
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